Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A Week With Daddy

Mark has been between jobs, and he was able to spend a week home with Marin. They had so much fun together, and I know he'll look back on that time with her and smile. I loved getting his texts and picture messages with updates of what they were doing throughout the day. She had a great week with Daddy!

She played with Daddy's Auburn hat.

Being a perfect angel
They enjoyed hanging out on the front
porch together.
She played in her walker. This was the first time she circled the island in the kitchen... so proud of herself.

She stole the remote from Daddy.
They enjoyed some nice lunches together.

Playing with her toys... she is really good about playing by herself, which is really surprising since she has always had our undivided attention.

Monday, April 11, 2011

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

This weekend was a perfect example of why we chose to move to this neighborhood. The weather was just beautiful, so we were able to spend a lot of our time outside. This was Master's weekend, which usually means Mark is glued to the TV, so I was shocked when he said he would just record it and watch it at night. I was pleasantly surprised that we were able to spend the weekend together! Friday night we walked up to Robb and Megean's house and grilled out. It was a nice relaxing evening, a beautiful night for a walk, and Marin enjoyed playing with Cameron's toys! She loved playing on her baby piano. Like I've said before, she's a little musician.

Saturday morning our neighborhood had several garage sales. We walked around and visited with some of our sweet neighbors, and Marin even got a few cute summer hats and little toys. That afternoon we sat out in the park in front of our house with our neighbors. We let the dogs play, while Marin played on a blanket and the adults just relaxed (the boys had some adult beverages of course). We met some new neighbors that just moved in a couple houses down and they have a little boy that Marin is excited about playing at the pool with this summer. Whitney and I took Collins and Marin and Bentley on a nice long walk. When we got back to the house, we got ready for dinner and headed down to the resort. The restaurant was crowded, so it took a long time. This was Marin's first time to sit in a high chair at a restaurant. I wasn't sure how long she would last, but she did great! She acted like she was just one of the adults at the table!

On Sunday we started a little project for our backyard. I'll write more about that later, but we're pretty excited about it! Sunday night Marin had her giggle box going! She just thought everything was hysterical. She laughed at everything... even a sneeze was funny! It's so cute now how I can look at her and laugh and she laughs right back at me. We even "talk" back and forth. I'm loving this age. All the outdoor fun must have worn her out because she fell sleep during her bedtime bottle. Then when I put her down in her crib she fell asleep on her side right in the middle of rolling over.

This weekend we also discovered that Marin actually does love baby food... just not the baby food that I make. All along, I thought I was being some sort of Super Mom and making all of her baby food. I was so proud of myself thinking it was cheaper and better for her. However, she never really loved it, so I decided to try some store bought jarred baby food. SHE LOVES IT!!! I'm not sure if it's the smooth texture or if it just tastes better, but it definitely is a hit. She has been eating a lot! Oh well, I tried! Unfortunately it was back to work Monday morning, but it's only 7 more weeks until summer!

Showing off her legs!

One of her garage sale finds... hoping she continues
to be a thrifty shopper!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

6 Months

I just can't believe the first half of Marin's first year is over. She is an absolute joy and makes me laugh everyday! I wish I could freeze her at this age because it's just perfect. She can do so many things, but I'm not having to chase her around yet. She had her six month checkup today and she is 28 inches long and 19 pounds 3 ounces; both of those put her in the 95th percentile. Here are a few things about our sweet angel at six months:
  • She is a pro at sitting up. She's been doing this since 5 months, but now she's good enough to where you don't have to worry about her tipping over.
  • Marin has two sharp little teeth right in the bottom front. They started coming in at about 4 1/2 months.
  • She loves to jump and swing. She has gotten pretty good at scooting around in her walker, but she moves it with both feet at the same time.
  • She sleeps on her tummy most of the time. Marin is like clockwork when it comes to her daytime schedule. She's a great napper, but she rarely sleeps all the way through the night. She made it an entire week last week, but not so much this week.
  • Surprisingly, she's not really into eating solids. She does love peaches, apples, and oatmeal, but pretty much everything else comes right out.
  • This week she has really started talking... lalala and dadada. It's so cute to watch her try to talk to us and really use her tongue to make sounds.
  • She has also started reaching out for when she wants to be picked up.... so sweet.
  • Marin loves loves loves being outside, and Bentley always makes her smile. He is really good about letting her pull his hair and ears, although I can tell he's not too thrilled with it.
  • Her favorite song is "Itsy Bitsy Spider". She can be fussing and once we start singing that song she gives an immediate smile.
  • She hasn't really shown any interest in crawling yet, but she does get up on all fours in her crib and kind of scoot backwards.
To sum it up, Mark said the other night he wishes we had two of her!

My buddy
Swinging at the park
Fun times on the front porch

A new trick... she blows all the air out of her lungs and the takes a big breath!